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Leonid Bershidsky

Two Arguments for Direct Democracy: Trump and Corbyn

Swiss-style referendums would give populism an outlet.
Contemplating greatness.

Contemplating greatness.

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The ascendancy of Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, the dark-horse candidates creating turmoil in party leadership contests on either side of the Atlantic, speaks to what's wrong with modern democracy: a disillusionment among voters that neither victory nor defeat for these two men could fix. What might help, though, is more Swiss-style direct democracy.

First, about Trump and Corbyn, one an arch-capitalist, the other an old-school socialist. The growing literature on why these two men are practically twins -- despite their very different views -- has arrived at three main conclusions: